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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, May 25, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - May 25, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station


Randall Thompson: The Lord Is My Shepherd
Voces Novae et Antiquae; with members of the Philadelphia Festival Chorus
and the Choir of  Central Baptist Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Robert A.M. Ross
Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Randall Thompson (1899-1984) taught at the Curtis Institute and Harvard University.
Leonard Bernstein was one of his students. Samuel Barber (1910-1981) arranged his
Adagio for Strings (1937) for choir in 1967 using the text from the Agnus Dei.
Edwin Fissinger: Lux aeterna
Woodley Ensemble, Robert Lehman
Leo Sowerby: I Was Glad
Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, Larry King
Larry King, organ
Dr. Edward Fissinger (1920-1990) was a charter member of the American Choral Directors
Association. He was a student of Leo Sowerby.  Dr. Sowerby (1895-1968) won the Pulitzer
Prize for Music in 1946.
Antonin Dvorak, arr. Robert Prizeman: Going Home
Libera, Robert Prizeman
Traditional American spiritual: There is a Balm in Gilead
(an orchestra assembled for this event), James Levine
Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, soprano
Libera is an English boy band. If it were a church choir, it would be called a boy
choir. But the group is a professional, touring boy choir much like Austria's famed
Vienna Boys Choir. 'There is a Balm in Gilead' was recorded in Carnegie Hall, March
1990, for a television presentation.
Amy Beach: Te Deum
Harvard University Choir, Murray Forbes Somerville
Erica Johnson, organ
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Toccata in A minor
James David Christie, organ
Fisk organ at Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Among her many accomplishments Amy Beach (1867-1944) was composer
in residence at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, New York. Charles B. Fisk's
Opus 72 is widely recognized as one of the finest instruments of its kind.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 86, "Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch"
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman
Sibylla Rubens, soprano; Bernhard Landauer, alto;
Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass
Cantata 86 was first performed on May 14, 1724 in Leipzig. The first movement
draws its text from John 16:23.
Howard Hanson: Lumen In Christo
Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Gerard Schwarz
Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was commissioned to write Lumen in Christo in 1974 for
Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. It takes light as its subject. Hanson uses texts
from Genesis, Isaiah, the Requiem and the apochryphal Book of Esdras.
Maurice Duruflé: Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on
“Veni Creator”, Op. 4
Herndon Spillman, organ
The Visser-Rowland Organ, University of Texas, Austin
Maurice Durufle (1902-1986) was organist at Eglise St. Etienne du Mont in Paris. He was
an organ student of Charles Tournemire at the Paris Conservatoire.
Franz Schubert: Mass No. 5 in A flat, D. 678 "Missa solemnis"
Tapiola Sinfonietta; Peter Schreier Choir, Peter Schreier
Soile Isokoski, soprano; Monica Groop, alto;
Marcus Ullman, tenor; Juha Kotilainen, bass
Schubert's Mass in A flat is a solemn mass or missa solemnis. It was composed in 1822
but never performed during Schubert's lifetime.
Charles-Marie Widor: Finale ~ Symphony No. 8 in A minor for organ, Op. 42 No. 4
Mark Dirksen, organ
Walcker organ in Methuen Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts
Organist Mark Dirksen is the son of Canon Richard Dirksen (1921-2003). Canon Dirksen was
the Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, commonly known
as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., from 1977 to 1988.